Diego Maradona won the 1986 World Cup, died of a heart attack at the age of 60 & nbsp | Photo credit: AP, file image
Buenos Aires, Argentina paid tribute to football legend Diego Maradona, a year after his death of a heart attack at the age of 60.
“Today marks one year since your departure. Your indelible memory will always remain in the hearts of Argentines. We miss you Diego,” the Argentine Football Federation said on Twitter Thursday evening.
Boca Juniors, the club where Maradona played in 1981/82 and again from 1995 to 1997, released a video showing the idol’s highlights with the words: “You have never left us, you are in the heart of every fan. “
Current Argentina national team captain Lionel Messi posted a photo of himself wearing an Albiceleste shirt with an image of Maradona on his chest. The Instagram post was accompanied by the words “Eternal Diego,” Xinhua reports. “It seems to be yesterday and I have a weird feeling,” Messi said later in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca.
“It’s amazing that a year has already passed and it also seems to be fate that just when he’s not there Argentina are champions (of the Copa America) after so many years (without a trophy) . “
Maradona’s death came less than a month after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from her brain in Buenos Aires. Several medical professionals face criminal charges for alleged negligence in his treatment and care.
The former star’s eldest daughter, Dalma, celebrated the first anniversary of her death by telling her 1.7 million Instagram followers that “justice is all I ask for.”
âThe world has been more horrible for a year because you are not here,â she said.
The 1986 World Cup winner’s family gathered at a church in Garin, near Buenos Aires, for a mass in his memory on Thursday morning.
“We are not coming to celebrate death, we are coming to celebrate life, the life Diego left us, the life Diego gave us and the life Diego lives in his presence”, said Father Adrian Guedes during ceremony.
Maradona’s youngest son, Diego Fernando, visited his father’s grave in a cemetery in Buenos Aires’ northern neighborhood, Jardin de Bella Vista, accompanied by his mother, Veronica Ojeda.
“We have come so that little Diego can visit his father,” Ojeda told reporters.
Argentinian football fans have gathered at several venues across the country to remember the former icon of Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Naples, most notably La Bombonera stadium, home of his beloved Boca.
Officials said tributes were planned for this weekend’s games in the Primera Division, the country’s top soccer league.